By Craig Stein
All 12 Teams In Action
The Humboldt Broncos have a little breathing room at the top of the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division, and the overall SJHL standings, after their third straight win Friday, a 6-3 decision over the visiting Yorkton Terriers.
Michael Clarke led the way with a hat trick and Owen Guenter added a goal and three assists for the Broncos (15-6-2-0). Brayden Camrud and newcomer Logan Foster rounded out the scoring, and Dane Dow made 34/37 saves.
Jared Legien scored his 19th of the season and added an assist for the Terriers (10-9-1-0) while Branden Klatt (1g-1a) and Cody Bruchkowski added the others.
Clarke scored twice in the first period for Humboldt and it stayed 2-0 through 40 minutes. The extended it to 4-0 in the third period, but in a span of 2:12 the Terriers struck three times to cut it to 4-3, before the Broncos tacked on two more.
While the Broncos top the league in points, the Flin Flon Bombers have a slight edge in winning percentage (.700) and they won their fourth straight on Friday, 4-2 over La Ronge.
Nate Hooper and Vincent Nardone each scored and had an assist, with Donovan Houle-Villeneuve and Isaac Jackson also scoring for the Bombers (13-5-0-2). Pierce Diamond stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced.
Daniel Davidson turned away 37/41 shots in goal for the Ice Wolves (6-16-0-0) and Jordan Mish and Max Kleiner did the scoring.
Along with Yorkton’s loss, the Estevan Bruins picked up their fourth win in a row, to jump past Yorkton and into top spot in the Viterra Division with a 2-1 shootout victory in Battlefords.
Jake Anthony turned away 32/33 shots in goal for the Bruins (11-10-0-0), and also went 2/2 in the shootout, while Joel Gryzbowski made 28/29 stops through regulation and overtime for the Stars (11-6-1-2).
The first 40 minutes were scoreless, before MacGregor Sinclair opened the scoring early in the third period with his 10th goal of the year. Bryce Platt forced overtime for the Bruins with just six seconds left in regulation.
The Melville Millionaires and Kindersley Klippers each had a powerplay goal Friday, but the Millionaires had 12 powerplays to the Klippers one, and it was on the man advantage that they scored the winner in overtime to edge the Klippers 2-1 (OT).
Daniel Liberty scored in the extra frame while Aidan Steinke got Melville (6-13-2-2) on the board in the second period. Berk Berkeliev was the story making 39 saves on 40 shots.
At the other end, Zach Johnson turned aside 41/43, and Josh Fletcher did the scoring for the Klippers (12-6-2-1).
Shawn Parkinson made his first SJHL start, and stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced, leading the Melfort Mustangs to a 2-1 road win in Nipawin.
The Mustangs (12-6-1-0) acquired Parkinson from Drayton Valley (AJHL) in late October. Melfort led 2-0 after the first period as Justin Ball’s 17th of the season opened the scoring just 19 seconds in, and Jake Hobson provided some cushion and the eventual game winner at 7:29.
Christian Bosa provided the only goal for the Hawks (14-6-0-1), a powerplay goal early in the second, and Declan Hobbs made 15/17 saves.
Jordan Kazymyra (2g-1a) and Cade Kowalski (1g-2a) each had three point nights to lead the Weyburn Red Wings over the Notre Dame Hounds 5-2.
Jevon Schwean (1g-1a) and Tyran Brown filled out the rest of the scoresheet and Riley Lamb made 21/23 saves in goal for the Wings (7-11-2-0).
Marshall Wilton scored both goals for the Hounds (10-11-1-2), who, after a nice hot streak, are now winless in four (0-3-1-0).
Saturday’s schedule looks a lot the same as Friday’s with Melville (@ Battlefords) and Estevan (@ Kindersley) trading places. Flin Flon/La Ronge, Melfort/Nipawin, and Weyburn/Notre Dame all finish off weekend home-and-home’s. Yorkton and Humboldt get the night off with the Broncos hosting Estevan Sunday afternoon.